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Samuel Alken


(1756 - 1815)
Title: Pheasant Shooting Technique: Panel
Signature: present
Dimensions: 34 x 46 cm
Frame: Wooden, gesso moulded, gilded gold
Treatment: October – December 2006

CONDITION REPORT
PRIMARY SUPPORT: The support is a 7mm thick wooden panel. The back has been painted dark brown and the edges have been bevelled. A few superficial scratches can be seen. A label on the right hand side reads:

James Bourlet & Sons, Ltd.,
Fine Art Packers, Frame Maker
C 23863
17 & 18, Nassau Street,
Mortimer Street, W.
Phone; - Museum 1817 & 7588

A second label in the centre reads “121” and to the right of the accession label is a label that reads “6750”.

GROUND: The ground is thinly applied, is cream in colour and appears sound.

PAINT LAYER: The artist has applied the paint thinly with slight impasto in the highlights. The overall condition is good and only fine age-cracks can be seen.

VARNISH LAYER: The natural resin varnish layer is discoloured and a layer of surface dirt covers this.

TREATMENT CARRIED OUT A photographic record was taken and this was maintained throughout the treatment.

Tests were carried out to remove the surface dirt. Following this, cleaning was carried out using the appropriate reagent.

Following tests including a safety margin-cleaning test, an organic solvent was used to remove the discoloured varnish layer safely and effectively. Cleaning proceeded using a swab stick.

The gum tape on the panel was removed from the back of the work, and the whole back was cleaned.

An isolating conservation varnish was applied. Small localized losses were retouching and a final varnish was applied.

The frame was cleaned, small losses were filled and coloured and the painting secured in the frame using flexible brass plates.

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Click the image for a view of: Whole front, before treatment
Whole front, before treatment
Click the image for a view of: Whole back, before treatment
Whole back, before treatment
Click the image for a view of: Detail of signature
Detail of signature
Click the image for a view of: Whole front, during surface dirt and varnish removal
Whole front, during surface dirt and varnish removal
Click the image for a view of: Whole back, after treatment
Whole back, after treatment
Posted: 2006/12/22 (12:24:00 PM)

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